An Evening with OfficerGleason and the Decemberists

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Over a year ago, my buddy Nikkos held a Win a Date with Nikkos (and Tony Bennet) Contest, thus providing some of the most interactive experiences this blog has had (outside of our Meet-ups). Nikkos’ next brilliant idea: “Win a date with OfficerGleason.” He left the details up to me.

Instead of a Date, this is an “Evening With”. It’s open to anyone who wants to go see the Decemberists on 11/11/06 at the Riv. Not only will you get the ticket, but I promise to buy at least one beer for you.

To enter you need to leave a comment. No emails, please. Given that there will be beer, this is 21+ event. In your comment, you need to answer each question in a hundred words or less. The entries will be judged by our team of crack volunteers. Entries will be judged on content and creativity. The contest ends on 11/10/06; and yes, this will be blogged about.

#1: Why should you be selected to go see the Decemberists with Officer Gleason?

#2: Being Metroblogging Chicago, share with us the best worst date/evening you have ever had in Chicago.

While I won’t promise the best time ever, I can guarantee I’ll be better than the worst date you’ve ever had.

11 Comments so far

  1. JoJo (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 8:21 am

    I’m confused. Do you expect people to want to go out with you just because you blog on this website? If so, you may have overestimated the importance and relevance of this blog. Or maybe Nikkos’ arrogance and pretentiousness are just rubbing off. Either way, can’t you just go with friends or family? The whole “Win a date with a chicago blogger” is kind of weird.

  2. Will (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    I’m confused. Do you have to pick things apart instead of just not participating? The Decemberists show here in Atlanta was fantastic — totally worth seeing and getting a free beer to boot.

  3. Marty Gleason (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 11:03 am

    Dear Jojo:

    If you want to go with me to the Decemberists, you have to follow the rules like everyone else.



  4. Erica (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

    I can’t go to the show, but I thought I’d share a bad date experience. It wasn’t in Chicago, it was in Jackson, Mississippi (though one date I had in Chicago was pretty bad–the guy asked me if I did drugs and when I said no he was disappointed. Then we went to the Shedd Aquarium and there was a dead turtle in a tank). I had accepted a date with this guy that was a friend of a friend–I’d met him a few times and didn’t like him really, but it was for Valentines day and I never got asked out on dates. But then I realized that I really didn’t want to go out with him, especially not on Valentines Day, so I did a horrible thing–I invited my best friend (who he knew) out on the date with me. Yes, yes, I was THAT girl. But he looked like the Grinch and was a heroin adict. He brought me a rose, we went to a restaurant up the street, and I talked to my friend the whole time. It must have been awful for him. Then later that year his dog bit a pizza delivery person and it was a huge scandal. The best part about the date? I wore a skirt and tank top–in FEBRUARY. Man, I miss Mississippi sometimes. Good Luck and have fun at the show!

  5. Ms. MoJo (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    1. I’ve heard that the Decemberists are a very good band. A friend of mine has actually promised to share their latest album with me, but he has not followed through to date. I need to be exposed to new music. Desperately. And I love beer. Would it be a micro brew or standard MGD?

    2. Hands down. Bad Date Bob. I was doing the online dating thing. Bob was painstakingly boring. He informed me during our date at the Flat Top Grill (how original, Bob)that he NEVER takes a date to a restaurant that he hasn’t already been to. He thought it was “very telling” to see how a restaurant “treats the single diner.” How spontaneous of you Bob. Finally, when I told him I went to high school in Aurora, he made the Wayne’s World connection. How 1992 of you Bob.

  6. Ted Haggard (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    Folks, step aside: I got the corner on the “bad date” market. Word to the wise: don’t publicly and virulently condemn gays and drugs when you’re a gay drug user. Like Jesus, allow me to be an example to you all.

    That being said, I’d love to see the show with you, Officer Gleason. Just don’t forget to bring the handcuffs.

  7. Shannon (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    #1: I was first exposed to The Decemberists by an ex. I REALLY like the band, but every time I hear them, I’m reminded of him. It’s annoying. I need some new awesome memories attached to The Decemberists, so I can begin to enjoy them again as they so rightfully deserve.

    #2: Met a guy online – decided to meet in Lincoln Square for coffee. It ended up being Folk & Roots Fest weekend, so it was an ordeal just to get to the coffee shop. It was 95 degrees out and my date was wearing a long-sleeve black button-up shirt, black tapered jeans, and black dress shoes. He was drenched with sweat. We went for a walk during which he told me his ex-wife didn’t speak English, and he didn’t speak Spanish. He also divulged that he had a child, was temporarily unemployed, and lived at home with his parents – in Gurnee.

  8. Jackie a.k.a. sister in law (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 1:46 am

    Just commenting to all you single ladies out there. This boy is a hell of a catch and you should be oh so honored to spend time with this amazing fellow. You will regret it if you don’t fight for this one. I must also say I think meeting people online is better than having wasted meaningless sex (sometimes)Plus you can’t base your experience with meeting people online with some dip shit that has no understanding of temperature or communicating. So sluts stay away from this one and classy,attractive looking and smart gals,apply within! Have a frickin sense of humor for God’s sake too.
    Good luck and good scores!

  9. Shannon (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    I’ve met some super awesome people online. I apologize if it came across that I hold something against doing so. :) It was difficult to convey in 100 words or less how truly amusing my “bad” date really was. He wasn’t a bad guy – just very serious and buttoned up (literally). I thank my lucky stars that it was the worst date I’ve ever been on – for I know it could have been oh so much worse. Thanks for the good wishes, Jackie!

  10. Marty Gleason (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 11:21 am

    Jackie just has my back. That’s why she’s the best.

  11. Jessica (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 1:46 am

    Will Jackie be there? Will you start a Jackie fan club?
    Next time I’ll participate, for real and play by the rules.

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